Scotland winger Lee Jones is poised to step into British and Irish Cup action for Edinburgh Accies against Pontypridd at Raeburn Place tomorrow just as one of the country’s most promising wide players drops off the scene.
After appearing in six of Accies’ seven Premiership matches, including last week’s meeting with Gala, Jamie Farndale, top try scorer in the world youth championships last year and due to have been in camp with the latest Scotland under-20 squad this week, fails to gain a place in the matchday 22. No-one contacted at Accies was able to explain Farndale’s absence but, in a team announcement document, coach Jonny Else stated: “No fresh injury concerns this week.”
There is, however, mention of a place on the bench for Jones, who has made two starts for Edinburgh while it is also noted that Phil Cringle, another Edinburgh pro, returns to the starting line-up of an Accies side he regularly represents.
In the Premiership, Heriot’s head for Glasgow Hawks knowing they could go top if leaders Melrose lose to Aberdeen Grammar FPs on a day when Gala are in B&I Cup action. Hoping to make it seven straight wins, Heriot’s are able to recall Colin Goudie and Liam Steele to their starting back line while Kevin Bryce is released by Glasgow at hooker where substitute George Turner, of Edinburgh, is free from suspension after being sent off on September 28.
Hawks last week easily accounted for a Currie team who head for Hawick with Richard Snedden, Joe Roe and Mike Vernal returning.
However, Joe Reynolds’ wrist injury required surgery this week and he will be out for three months.”
National League leaders Boroughmuir entertain Biggar with Stevie Wilson starting at centre for the injured Malcolm Clapperton while Thomas Docherty takes over from the injured Neil Rodger with Calum Taylor preferred at hooker.
Watsonians’ Neil Irvine-Hess, helped from the pitch at full time after last week’s loss to Boroughmuir, is listed to start at home to GHA.